Winter walks in Renfrewshire

Thursday 2nd November, 2023

Explore winter walks in Renfrewshire

We’ve got the great outdoors right on our doorstep, and no matter the season, it’s worth getting outside for. This list of winter walks in Renfrewshire has loads to offer walkers and wildlife explorers.

So wrap up warm and blow those cobwebs away with our pick of the best winter walks near you.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

There’s lots of walks and trails to be explored in Scotland’s largest regional park. If it’s a good view you’re after, take a wander up Windy Hill from Muirshiel Visitor Centre and look out across Renfrewshire and the Firth of Clyde. It’s just over a mile to the top from the carpark, so you’ll only need an hour or so of clear weather to conquer it!

Or if you prefer to be by the water, we recommend following the lochshore trail along the shores of Castle Semple Loch. If it’s nice you might spot a few sail boats and windsurfers out on the water as well as some of the wildlife that call the loch home.

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

Walking trail at RSPB Lochwinnoch nature reserve in Renfrewshire

Between November and March, the RSPB Nature Reserve in Lochwinnoch is a temporary home for hundreds of wildfowl that fly south to escape the harsh Arctic winter. Stroll to the Aird Meadow Loch at this time of year and you’ll be rewarded with sightings of goldeneye (a type of duck, not the bond film…), goosander, whooper swans and the occasional hen harrier.

Gleniffer Braes

A sprawling country park to the south of Paisley. You’ll find ‘the braes’ boasts an incredible view that stretches all the way to Ben Lomond and beyond. Our favourite spots include the waterfall in the Glen Park (a popular spot for photographers). As well as the trail through Bluebell Woods to the Glenpatrick Burn. This path is fondly referred to as the ‘Brandy Burn’ due to the dark-golden colour it turns after a spell of heavy rain!

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take our full tour of the Gleniffer Braes from top to bottom.

Paisley Walking Trail

For those who prefer to wander with a coffee in hand, why not head out around the town. Paisley boasts an historic town centre that’s home to a stunning range of heritage and history. While you’re out, see if you can spot the alien gargoyle on Paisley Abbey. Or seek out the hidden murals around Brown’s Lane—Paisley’s creative quarter. Wherever you wander, you’ll never be far from some great places to eat too.

Is your go to winter walk not mentioned? Let us know where you would recommend by emailing hello@paisley.is


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